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Clearly Defined :: Kydd Jones, Fat Tony And BoomBaptist Go In For ‘What You Mean’

The homies Kydd Jones and BoomBaptist are already legends on the Texas scene, so seeing them connect with Houston heavy-hitter Fat Tony makes all the sense in the world.  For me, the best thing about this collaboration (via the recently release What You Mean single) is just how hard everyone involved is going.  Kydd Jones continues to explore and expand the range of his more melodic style that he has stepped into, while Fat Tony brings in some hardcore lyricism as a grounding element… all of this is given the foundation of a dope, lush and super moody track from BoomBaptist.  Plain and simple, don’t sleep on this one… cop it if you can, and pass it around regardless!

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Blind Faith :: Notes Floats Keeps It Going With ‘Can’t Call It’

Notes Floats is a master of lo-fi hip-hop bangers, and with his upcoming Lomax EP on the way, it looks like he is looking to continue his mellow production and thoughtful lyricism with Can’t Call It, a song about deep dedication and devotion in the face of what seems like an absence of certainty or results.  The single is a free download, so there’s no reason to not listen to it even if you don’t opt to add it to your collection, so don’t sleep on this one.

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Fact Checking :: MAGNA CARDA Drops New Video For ‘PROPAGANDA’

Dope new video from the Austin-based duo Magna Carda… they’re always grinding, always looking out for the greater community, and first and foremost, always making sure that the music they drop is moving and powerful.  PROPAGANDA finds them focusing in on the foundationless flexing of others while being sure to reaffirm their deep dedication to securing the most for themselves and keeping their craft held in high regard.  If you dig the video, leave a like and a comment, and share it around for all to do the same.

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Best Medicine :: Ratarue Releases New Video For ‘Time Heals A Broken Heart’

Ratarue recently hit me up to let me know that his latest single from Legend of the Gatling Tongue, the somber headnodder Time Heals a Broken Heart, had just been given the video treatment, but honestly, I had no idea I was about to get hit with something so artistic.  The song is dope by its own merits, with the slightly off-kilter and dark beat matching the despondency of what would be an otherwise positive message likely skewed due to repeat negative experiences.  Therefore, it makes sense that the video would be an artistic, expertly crafted piece of visual stimulus thanks to the efforts of Andi AveryKate E. Hinshaw and their entire production crew.  Hopefully this video gets the numbers run up, and if an opportunity to submit it to festivals arises, I would highly recommend that Ratarue and company do so, as they may be pleasantly surprised by the potential outcome.

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Manifestation Music :: The Vapor Caves And Jackie Venson Connect For ‘Dreams’

I love how The Vapor Caves can simultaneously sound ahead of the pack and rooted in the past with what seems like relative ease.  For Dreams, the duo tapped guitarist Jackie Venson to add a little spice to their synth-based funk for a song that sounds like it belongs on a mixtape between Sheena Easton and Sheila E.  I don’t know how BoomBaptist and Yadira Brown continue to ride this wave of beautiful sonic creation, but it doesn’t look like it will crest at any point in the near future, even with the industry at large in a strange ebb.  Long story short, check out this track, download it, stream it, request it from your favorite radio or TV show, hack into an HEB public intercom and play it loud, or just throw it on repeat and take a drive.  In all seriousness, share this one around, follow The Vapor Caves on your favorite social media hangout, and always support your local mad geniuses.

Also, shout out to René Cárdenas for the dope cover design.

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Territory Talk :: TPT, Harvey H And CWalka Break Down ‘G-CODE’ In New Video

From the digital desk of TPT and Harvey H

TPT and Harvey H are hitting 2021 running with their newest joint G-Code featuring the one and only CWalka on the hook.  This track is the first song off of their upcoming collab EP The Non-Fiction Depiction that will be releasing in middle March 2021.  The video is shot and edited by @WellCraftedVideos!!!”

This one is super smooth… definitely check it out, leave a like and a comment, and spread it around far and wide so that everyone can enjoy!

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Trippy Trap :: Ken Casio Drops Another Mind Scrambling Video With ‘BallinOuttaControl’

Ken Casio and Jeffrey Garcia have found themselves a winning formula, and it doesn’t look like they have plans to abandon it at any point in the near future.  Their latest collaboration, the upbeat BallinOuttaControl, uses the same psychedelic Tim & Eric, Awesome Show, Great Job! approach they’ve used in previous videos, and you know what they say… if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  The visuals match the energy put forth by Ken Casio and the Popstar Benny Baredex production, with every element jumping off the screen and at your eyeballs with warp speed and reckless abandon.  Dig the video, leave a like and a comment if you’re feeling it, and share it around to make it viral!

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Survivor Sacrifices :: Clemits Continues Honoring MF DOOM Via Video With ‘CLEM F DOOM’

Austin-based MC and producer Clemits is keeping the remembrance of fallen hip-hop icon MF DOOM alive and well as he continues to share singles and videos from his dedication mixtape CLEM F DOOM.  This time around, he’s hit viewers with the single that shares its name with the project, and it’s a fitting parallel, as the single not only shows honor and respect to DOOM, but it also allows Clemits to express his ability to persevere in all of the madness that life lays out in front of us.  Mad props to the homie Clemits for being so respectful and honest in this venture, where many nowadays would sadly choose to exploit the passing of a man who meant so much to hip-hop.  If you’re feeling what Clemits is putting down, leave a like and a comment, and share it around for the rest of us hip-hop lovers still recovering.

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Decadent Decade :: House Shoes Puts Together ‘The First 10 Years Of The iN’ Mix For (iN)Sect Radio #27

From the digital desk of (iN)Sect Records

(iN)Sect Records out of Austin, TX, are currently celebrating their 13th year of putting out experimental/hip-hop/punk rock/noise music in the form of vinyl, Flexi-disc, frisbee, chip clips, shirts and cassettes.  House Shoes is a Detroit-born producer and DJ, who now lives in Los Angeles and runs the acclaimed record label, Street Corner Music. He has been a friend and supporter of the label for the last decade.  We asked House Shoes if he would be down to mix some songs from the first 10 years of our releases (2008-2018). He turned in an absolute beast of mix to mark a chapter in our history.  This mix of over 30 songs from our catalog includes songs by: J-1 tHE DEER, Ras G, House Shoes, aLive, Sir Froderick, Chanes, SelfSays, Guilty Simpson, Butcher Bear, Kinder, Muamin Collective and more. Check the tracklist and head over to insectrecords.org/podcast to listen and DL the mix for free.”

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Dental Damage :: BÖNDBREAKR Unleashes ‘Angry Tooth’ Single And Video

From the digital desk of BÖNDBREAKR‘s Hurricane G : 

“I wrote Angry Tooth as a way to deal with depression and anxiety, both of which I’d been suppressing with self-medication via partying, beer and hard liquor. It took years for me to seek therapeutic counseling, but I knew it was time for a change when the drink stopped working. Oddly enough, I composed the main riff and lyrics while having my wisdom tooth prepped for extraction. The tooth became infected and needed to be removed right away. As the dental assistant cleaned the affected area, she sucked in her breath and said, “Oh, my! Now that’s an angry tooth.” She was right. I’d lost interest in the basic necessities of taking care of myself, with my teeth being the first to show signs of distress. Not only was the tooth angry; I was angry, too. And deeply depressed. After a couple of years of counseling, I learned how to better manage my depression and anxiety. Although there are days that are more emotionally taxing than others, songwriting and playing music with my bandmates really helps reroute my thinking. While I don’t want to go through anything resembling the lyrics of Angry Tooth ever again, I think it’s important to talk about such experiences that force growth, whether it’s pleasant or not.”

Very well put, and props to Jonathan Nunan for helping to bring the band’s vision to life in this gritty and unforgettable video. If you dig this in any way, shape or form, then leave a like and a comment on the video, share it around for everyone to enjoy, and support your local creatives!